Pedestrian Knockdown Accident Attorneys Protecting New Yorkers’ Rights Throughout Long Island, New York City, & Westchester County
In many areas throughout New York, walking is the primary way to get around from place to place. Effective in many ways, pedestrians hit the streets of New York every day to go to work, grab a bite to each, catch a movie, and enjoy their lives. There are many traffic laws put into place in order to protect pedestrians that are walking all around New York. The sad truth of the matter is that many law-abiding pedestrians around the state of New York end up being hit by reckless and negligent drivers even if they are crossing in a crosswalk. Victims of pedestrian accidents often do not see it coming. One second they are using their right of way to cross the street and the next second they can end up in the back of an ambulance.
The ripple effect of a pedestrian accident isn’t always seen at first glance. Over time, several life issues can begin to pile up leading to a stressful experience for accident victims who simply want to heal from their injuries. Many of the injuries pedestrian accident victims face range from minor to life-threatening. For those dealing with serious injuries, the uphill battle to get some semblance of normalcy back in their lives can be daunting. Injured pedestrians often suffer from injuries of all kinds that can include:
- Brain injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Spine injury
- Broken bones
- Deep cuts
- Road rash
- Scrapes and bumps
- Strains and sprains
Even if your pedestrian accident injury appears minor at first, many injuries can grow into a major concern over time. Severe injuries can threaten the way you live your day-to-day life and your overall well-being and can become permanent injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident – regardless if you were hit by a car or any other motor vehicles – you should seek immediate medical attention and then reach out to our team of pedestrian accident lawyers in Long Island to see if you are eligible for compensation for the injuries you sustained.
Many pedestrian accident victims do not understand the rights they have after being injured in their pedestrian accident. Filing a personal injury claim with the help of our injury lawyers can put you in the right position to recover damages for any injury you sustained in your pedestrian accident. Our Long Island accident attorneys will stop at nothing until the negligent driver who was at fault in your accident is brought to justice. Give our legal team a call today at 1-855-RIZZUTO or 516-622-0606 to find out what our injury lawyers can do for you throughout your case.
What are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Many pedestrian accidents happen in the blink of an eye. While you may have had the right of way when crossing the street, another negligent driver may have disregarded you as you walked across resulting in your getting hit by a car. When it comes to pedestrian accidents, understanding the common causes of pedestrian accidents can be critical for proving negligence in a pedestrian accident claim. We have found that many pedestrian accidents occur due to the following reasons:
One of the leading causes of motor vehicle-related accidents across the country and especially in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, and surrounding areas is distracted driving. At one time or another, you yourself may have found yourself sneaking in a glance at a text message you received while driving. While you may have done it safely at a red light or pulling into your neighborhood, others are not as cautious. There may have been a time where you have been behind someone in your car, waiting for them to go on a green light only to have them be frozen there for a couple of seconds. Chances are, they were distracted by something that caused them to stay put.
With the ever-growing distractions that come in the form of texts, social media alerts, music, videos, podcasts, and more, distracted driving has become more and more prevalent. In many cases, being distracted while driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. It is possible that you were injured in a pedestrian accident due to a driver being distracted while behind the wheel of their vehicle. By hiring a pedestrian accident attorney, we can help you prove negligence on the part of a potentially distracted driver if there is enough proof to do so. We can conduct investigations to find the root of your pedestrian accident and ensure you get the proper justice and compensation for any injury you sustained.
Disobeying Traffic Laws, Traffic Signs, and Traffic Lights
There are many laws, traffic signs, and traffic lights that are put into place to successfully manage the flow of vehicles driving around the state of New York. However, these laws, signs, and lights do not mean anything when negligent drivers do as they please and disobey them while driving. If you were walking across the street, you may have had the right of way. Cars should yield to you in order for you to safely walk across the street when you have the right of way.
Unfortunately, reckless and careless drivers in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island may just disregard your right to safely cross the street and crash right into you at a moment’s notice. In other cases, a driver may blow right through a stop sign and collide right into you. Many drivers can also run right through a red light, striking you hard and leaving you reeling from the serious injuries you may have sustained. When pedestrians share the road with other vehicles, the results can sometimes be messy. If you’ve been injured by another vehicle while walking around Long Island, you should get medical care to treat your injury and then contact a pedestrian accident attorney about your next steps.
Speeding, especially in areas with a lot of foot traffic, can be especially dangerous as a pedestrian. While a distracted driver can potentially react quick enough to hit the brakes before causing you any serious harm, speeding drivers put pedestrians at incredible risk to sustain life-changing injuries. For some pedestrians, speeding drivers that have hit them have completely ruined their lives. There isn’t a single aspect of your life that is safe from the harm a pedestrian accident can do to you.
That is even more of a fact when talking about speeding drivers and the impact they can have on accident victims like you. We can utilize video, photographs, police reports, and even analyze any skid marks left behind by the motor vehicle that hit you to successfully prove negligence in your case. We have held many negligent drivers at fault for pedestrian accidents responsible for their actions. Let us help you get the most compensation possible from our personal injury claim today.
Driving While Intoxicated
An obvious yet still largely avoidable reason why pedestrian accidents occur is due to drunk drivers. Vehicles are ultimately only as dangerous as the drivers behind the wheels are. When someone’s motor skills are impaired while driving, it can be a recipe for disaster for innocent injury victims like you. Pedestrians can end up suffering life-changing injuries because of the carelessness of a drunk driver. A personal injury claim can be filed separately from a criminal charge and can help you get the most compensation possible for your case. Get in touch with our legal team today to see how we can assist you on your journey back to full health.
For pedestrians on the mend from the injuries they sustained in their accident, it can be hard to get through a day without feeling the effects of their injury somewhere in their life. Do not let matters get to that point. Take action with the help of our team of personal injury attorneys in Long Island. Not all attorneys are the same. It is important to consider being represented by attorneys that are knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. The attorneys at our injury law firm can provide you with all that and more. Contact us today at 1-855-RIZZUTO or (516) 622-0606 to schedule a consultation with our law office.
What is the Most Compensation I Can Recover for My Injuries?
You may be wondering just how much compensation you can end up receiving for the damages you have sustained from your pedestrian accident. The honest answer is that it varies. Since every pedestrian accident is different, every settlement or reward may end up being different as well. For example, if someone was hit in a pedestrian accident and broke a few bones but didn’t miss time from work, they may ultimately receive less compensation than someone who suffered a serious neck injury and may never work again. It is hard to pinpoint an exact number that tells you how much compensation you may be eligible to receive. However, with the help of our injury attorneys, we can work tirelessly to prove the extent of the damages you claim in your case. When it comes to damages, they are typically split into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Some of the most common economic damages include:
Pedestrians injured in an accident often find themselves suffering from substantial injuries that can take them weeks or even months to recover from. Any injury can require an extended amount of time to heal from. During this healing process, you may need to stay sidelined from work in order for your injury to heal correctly. Missing time off of work can be detrimental to your life in many ways but primarily because you may lose a significant amount of income, depending on how much you make and how much time you have missed because of your injury. An extended period of time away from work can put you behind on your payments like your rent or mortgage, cell phone bill, water bill, electrical bill, and more. Your quality of life may suffer as well. If you were accustomed to nights out with your family, you may be strapped for cash and unable to do so if you have lost wages while recovering from your pedestrian accident.
For pedestrians that suffered even harsher injuries, returning from work may never be an option. In some cases, pedestrians can be left with permanent disabilities that can impact their ability to earn income for the years to come. No matter what type of debilitating injury you have suffered, our attorneys can assist you in recovering compensation for past and future lost income so you and your family do not have to suffer the consequences of a pedestrian accident injury for long.
Pedestrians hurt in their accident may require medical care to ensure their injuries heal properly. Medical bills are another damage you can claim in your personal injury case. Because medical bills and expenses can really burn in a hole in your pocketbook, it is important to know your rights as an injury victim. While your medical insurance may cover a certain amount of your medical treatment, you may have to pay some costs out of your own pocket. This can be particularly troublesome for those who are also out of work at the same time. Serious injuries may require far more medical care than others. This means more trips to the doctor’s office or hospital, more physical therapy, more rehabilitation, more medication, and more money than you have to pay for medical bills. It isn’t fair that you have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. Let us help you recover compensation for your medical expenses by filing a personal injury claim with our law office today.
On top of economic damages, non-economic damages – damages that cannot be measured by a monetary loss but rather an emotional loss – can be claimed in your personal injury claim. Pain and suffering is one of the more sought-after non-economic damages in pedestrian accident cases. The fallout of your injury can lead to a lot more than financial stress. Emotional and mental harm can come from the time you spend recovering from your serious injuries. We can work to get you compensation for your emotional pain and suffering. While it can be tricky to prove, we believe you are owed damages for the way that your pedestrian accident has made you feel. Our Long Island law office is only one phone call away. Reach out to us at 1-855-RIZZUTO or (516) 622-0606 to get the help you need for your injury claim today by scheduling a consultation with our team.
Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Represent Me During Trial?
Pedestrians that are considering filing an accident claim often believe they have to go to trial for their case. The opposite is true. Many pedestrian accident cases actually settle outside of court, which can be very beneficial for you and your family. As pedestrian accident attorneys, we have to deal with insurance companies dealing with pedestrian accident cases, to ensure you get a fair settlement for your case. Getting a fair settlement from an insurance company can be difficult without the right help. Insurance companies are known for their counterproductive tactics that can delay your case tremendously.
We can hold insurance companies accountable for their tactics and fight to get you the settlement you deserve for your case. Our attorneys can speak directly with the insurance adjuster representing the insurance company tasked with handling your case in order to streamline your settlement negotiations. Insurance adjusters can be hit or miss. The job of an insurance adjuster is to basically minimize the financial risks of their employer. Many settlement offers can be low at first. If a settlement is not up to the standards that you deserve, we can take the insurance company to court and go to trial. While trial can be more complicated to deal with, it may be necessary to get a fair settlement from the insurance company.
Is Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Right for Me?
Pedestrians dealing with injuries after being hit by a car may end up being affected financially and emotionally, on top of physically handling the pain their injury can bring. We believe justice should be dealt with the at-fault driver in your pedestrian accident. Let us help you take legal action against them by filing a pedestrian accident claim today. Whether the at-fault driver disregarded traffic signs or they were distracted while driving, we can ensure you get the most compensation possible for your case. Pedestrians like you deserve protection from the consequences of a pedestrian accident. With the compensation you can receive from your pedestrian accident claim, you can recover a sense of control in your life. Contact our law office today at 1-855-RIZZUTO or (516) 622-0606 to book a consultation with our team so we can get started on a case that can get you the compensation and justice you need to get back on your feet in no time.